§ 18. Major HUNT
asked the President of the Board of Agriculture if he can state for what reason dealers in hay are allowed to charge £7 10s. per ton for the hay they sell, whilst the maximum price that farmers, who have all the risk and trouble of production, are allowed to-charge is only £5 10s. to any purchaser; and, in view of the unfairness of this Regulation, can he take steps to have it altered?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the WAR OFFICE (Mr. Forster)
I would refer the hon. and gallant Member to the answer which I gave on this subject on the 10th July last to the hon. Member for Somerset East.
§ Major HUNT
Is it the fact that farmers cannot sell at £5 10s. to the ordinary purchaser, but is obliged to sell to the dealer?
§ Mr. FORSTER
I do not quite follow the Member's question. If the farmer sells direct to the consumer and does his own baling and trussing, carriage and so forth he is able to charge £7 10s. The maximum of £.5 10s. applies to those cases in which the military authorities do the work to which I have just referred.